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    05-17-2007, 10:59 AM
What breed?

How about trying a native breed?
My first horse was a Dales gelding, and he's been brilliant. He's extremely safe, and he's taught me so much. He's bombproof, but by no means a plod.
Either that or maybe try and Irish Draught if you're looking for something bigger?
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    05-17-2007, 11:29 AM
Try qh, draft X, or walker. They are on cheaper side and you can certainly find very quiet one. Also try it for several days in row before you make decision: often people drug them so they look calm and ride great, and you find out it's a problem there only week later. :(

BTW, the best horses I tried while working in sales barn were all mares. :) But they can be handful for sure (especially in heat season).
    05-17-2007, 03:20 PM
Well I would go with a morgan horse (but I am partial because I breed them). They are calm horses for the most part and they are incredibly versitile. Check out our site to get some ideas!

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    05-17-2007, 06:30 PM
A standardbred would be good especially if they have been off the track for a few years they are calm and paitent and they are devoted to you, my first horse was a standardbred gelding and he wasnt broken in but we just put the saddle on him and away we went, he never flinched
    05-17-2007, 10:04 PM
What i think

I reckon you shouldn't go past a QH. That is because they have a layed back nature. One I would defintally stay away from are raced Thoroughbreds, they are the worst because you have to reschool them. Some thing around ten and (depends on your heigfht and weight) stick around the 15hh mark!! 8)

Hope I wasn't to opionated, I don't mean to, it's jusy I have been there done that.

Have fun riding!!
    05-22-2007, 12:44 AM
Hi I am Tegan and I am pretty experienced in horses. I think a thoroughbred or a warmblood would be best. For the best pesonality I would go a gelding because most mares can be very moody. 8)
    05-22-2007, 01:41 AM
Originally Posted by Eventer Chick
Hi I am Tegan and I am pretty experienced in horses. I think a thoroughbred or a warmblood would be best. For the best pesonality I would go a gelding because most mares can be very moody. 8)
I would think a TB or WB would be one of the least appropriate...
    05-31-2007, 03:06 AM
I agree with you kirsty, warmbloods are well warm bloods and tbs aren't quite what I would call a 'beginners' horse
    07-23-2007, 07:33 PM
Yeah I do to Eventer Chick I don't think you are expirenced at all!
    08-16-2007, 09:37 PM
I'm not sure how many there are in the UK, but an older quarter horse gelding or mare makes a great "starter" horse. Their easy going personality is the reason they are the most popular horse there is.

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